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This Saturday “D-Day” takes place, focused on combating dengue

Today (02), the country is celebrating “D-Day”, with the focus on combating the dengue virus, in which the number of cases is increasing every day, exceeding 1 million. This mobilization, carried out by agents from the municipalities' health departments, will be to eliminate mosquito outbreaks Aedes eagypti.

Announcement of action against dengue

The movement was announced last Wednesday (28), during the meeting of the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), held by minister Nísia Trindade. In just four days, the number of deaths increased, from 195 to 258 deaths, that is, 63 people did not resist the virus in this short period of time. The minister talks about the importance of prevention and of the population being aligned in the fight against the virus.Â

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Health department agents take action against dengue (Photo: reproduction/OGlobo)


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In addition to the agents taking to the streets, there will be visits to homes with the aim of talking to residents of the municipalities and raising awareness among the population. The Secretary of Health and Environmental Surveillance of the Ministry of Health, Ethel Maciel, also had space to talk about that day.

“We need agents to be the protagonists of this day. Agents are those who enter people's homes and have a very important bond in these territoriesâ€he declared.

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Furthermore, Ethel warned about what favors dengue fever spikes, such as climate change, specifically the increase in temperature, which facilitates the appearance of mosquitoes, citing studies.

Vaccination does not advance

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the population is still waiting for vaccination against the dengue virus. According to data from the Municipal Health Department, the confirmed percentage of children between 10 and 11 years old vaccinated was 18%. On February 22, in the first week of application of the vaccine, only 25,317 children were taken to the clinics by those responsible.

A new call was made to those responsible to take the children to the clinic to be administered the vaccine.

Increase in cases in pregnant women

In the first weeks of this year, cases in pregnant women have been increasing more every day, entering a state of alert. The percentage data provided this Friday (1) was a 345.2% increase in cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Comparing the year 2023 to 2024, the increase is considered high. Last year, there were 1,157 diagnoses of dengue in pregnant women and at the beginning of the year there are already 5,151 cases.

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Featured photo: health agents begin visiting homes to raise awareness (reproduction/CNNBrasil)

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This Saturday “D-Day” takes place, focused on combating dengue

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